The importance of child health research

Child health is a critical area to invest research effort with evidence mounting that a person's later health is heavily influenced by their health at conception, during gestation and in their early years of life. 

Research that aims to understand more about the health of children has the potential to prevent disease and disability before it even occurs. 

The UQ Child Health Research Centre draws research inspiration from our close ties with the clinical environment, and by listening to the needs of parents, clinicians, government bodies and industry partners.

Our research groups

Our Centre has many research groups dedicated to understanding more about the health of children. In addition to understanding the factors that contribute to health, researchers are also working to improve the ability to diagnose and detect disease and disability as early as possible. No matter what our individual research groups are focused on – our collective vision is the same: to prevent disease and disability before it occurs, thereby giving children the gift of life-long health.

Research Groups

We aim to understand how babies in the womb are affected by factors such as maternal stress, alcohol and other toxins and how this might contribute to their risk of developing disease later in life.
Our mission is to lead research, innovation and education to advance the health of children with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury and related disabilities, supporting them and their families across their lifespan.
CLEAR’s research aims to understand the mechanisms underlying chronic childhood lung diseases. Our aim is to improve clinical management and to delay or prevent disease onset, with consequent reductions in adult lung diseases.
CHEP plays an important role in children's environmental health research at The University of Queensland (UQ), bringing together researchers from many fields, connecting UQ researchers with international experts, and advising World Health Organisation policy makers.
Research in this group is focused on the causes and predisposing factors for children with trauma and critical illness. We work to validate and optimise available treatments and to develop innovative and effective new treatments for seriously ill children.
Renowned for its studies in growth and development, body composition and energy metabolism, our children's nutrition research group has particular expertise in basic science, clinical nutrition research and public health nutrition.
Alllied Health research is focused on understanding the impacts of a child's daily activities on their health and well-being - particularly for those children with developmental disabilities and acquired injuries.
The Queensland Paediatric Infectious Diseases group is working to improve the diagnosis of infectious diseases in children.
The Psychosocial Health and Wellbeing in Healthcare Group comprises a research team dedicated to improving psychosocial outcomes for children.
The Child and Youth Mental Health Research Group aims to improve the outcomes for families with children with psychiatric disorders. This is achieved by identifying risk factors for the development and persistence of childhood and adolescent mental health symptoms and by the development and evaluation of new treatment and prevention programs.


See a full list of publications produced by CHRC researchers.


Researchers in CHRC are seeking people to participate in research that can improve the lives of children everywhere.

See how you can participate